Olympique Lyon vs Dinamo Zagreb
UEFA Champions League – Group H
Date: Wednesday, 14th September, 2016,
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK,
Venue: Parc Olympique Lyonnais.
A fiercely fought battle is expected when Dimano Zagreb visits Olympique Lyon for the Group H opener seeking revenge for the 7-1 drubbing they suffered at home during the 2011/12 season.
Olympique Lyon were disappointing last season as they lost five games and finished bottom of their group with 3 points from a win at Valencia on final matchday. This also means that they lost all their three home games. They are in their 14th season at the Champions League group stages. And their best ever run was during the 2009/10 season, when they reached the semi-finals.
Dinamo Zagreb had a similar fate like that to Lyon last season as they also suffered defeats in 5 of their 6 group matches. They started well by defeating Arsenal 2-1 at home and five consecutive defeats in a group which includes Bayern Munich and Olympiakos saw them take an early exit after finishing bottom of the group.
The two other teams in Group H of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League are Juventus and Sevilla.
Olympique Lyon vs Dinamo Zagreb: Head-to-Head Stats
The latest meeting between the two sides was at the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League Group Phase. Lyon won the home leg 2-0 and they went to Croatia needing 3 points to qualify for the round of 16. Mateo Kovacic put the home side in front in the 40th minute, despite reducing to 10 men following the red card to Jerko Leko. Bafetimbi Gomis went on to score 4 times and his hattrick came in the space of seven minutes to lead the 7-1 routing of Dinamo in front of their home fans.
Olympique Lyon vs Dinamo Zagreb: Prediction
Both teams are in search of a vast improvement from their last season’s Champions League campaign as they managed 1 win and suffered 5 defeats. Each of these sides are performing relatively well in their domestic leagues, but this is supposed to be a different battle.
Dinamo are coming here in search of a revenge to the 7-1 humiliation they suffered in 2011. While Lyon will be desperate to get a home win after losing all the matches at home last season. There is no doubt that both sides will go for a win here and there will be no shortage of some end-to-end entertainment.
Lyon have conceded 7 goals in their last two French league games and they are extremely vulnerable in defense. While the likes of Alexandre Lacazette are in fine scoring form. So backing both teams to score is the best bet for this fixture.
Olympique Lyon vs Dinamo Zagreb: Betting Tips
Both Teams to Score at 1.91 (10/11)
Over 2.5 goals at 1.80 (4/5).